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  • [Satire] Philadelphia Cracks Down on UberX

    11/03/2014 8:56:21 AM PST · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 Oct 2014 | John Semmens
    Lee Rudakewich’s car was impounded and held for $1,000 ransom by the Philadelphia Parking Authority. His crime: offering to drive a willing customer to his chosen destination. Vince Fenerty, the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s Director, rejected the argument that the provided transportation occurring between consenting adults was no business of the City government. “In this city it is not sufficient that private individuals are satisfied with a transaction of this sort,” Fenerty said. “How a person uses his own car is within the purview of our authority. We do not approve of these unregulated uses.” Fenerty contended that “the privilege of...
  • U.S. education department gets tougher on for-profit colleges

    10/30/2014 1:39:17 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/30/14 | Ankit Ajmera and Sagarika Jaisinghani
    The U.S. Department of Education will introduce stricter regulations next year in its latest attempt to improve the job prospects of those graduating from for-profit colleges and universities. Under new regulations unveiled on Thursday and effective July 1, for-profit colleges will be at risk of losing federal aid should a typical graduate's annual loan repayments exceed 20 percent of discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings.
  • FDA halts Dallas hospital from using Ebola-screening device

    10/18/2014 6:51:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, October 17, 2014 | Doughlas Ernst
    The Dallas hospital that treated Thomas Eric Duncan had a version of the Ebola-screening device used by the U.S. military in West Africa sitting on a shelf, but FDA guidelines prohibited staff from using it on the patient. A $39,000 machine called FilmArray was available to the Dallas Presbyterian Hospital when Duncan came in with a fever. The device has a high success rate for detecting Ebola in less than one hour, but sat idly because current federal guidelines prevented the hospital from obtaining a specific “kit” needed for screening, the military website Defense One reported Thursday.
  • Why the Growth of Regulation Means Pain for You and American Business

    09/21/2014 11:19:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Chris Versace
    There has been a lot of talk about regulations, more specifically about how the number of regulations have grown during the last several years. Sad to say, if you take a longer-term view and look again at the regulatory environment, you’ll find it has been what an investor would call a growth industry, with the number of restrictions in the Code of Federal Regulations growing 28% since 1997 – that’s nearly 2% per year. If page count is an indicator, then hang on to your collective hats — in 1975, the Code of Federal Regulations had 71,224 pages. By 2013,...
  • Hagg Lake drowning: Gaston man who posted warning signs receives $5,000 ticket

    09/09/2014 8:19:07 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 17 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 09/07/2014 | Molly Harbarger
    Background: Per one of the links in the story at source, 3 generations of a family drowned at Hagg Lake, which is about 5 miles west of Hillsboro, on August 25th. The OP source is a follow up article, excerpted below: Michael Medill posted eight homemade signs Saturday at Henry Hagg Lake to get the attention of swimmers and law enforcement. "I actually went up there hoping I would get arrested," Medill, 66, said Sunday. After Dillon Pilorget, reporter for the Forest Grove Leader and The Oregonian, and other reporters left the lake Saturday, Medill said police told him he...
  • An Italian Doctor Joins the Bureaucrat Hall of Fame

    08/30/2014 1:10:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    In April of 2013, I introduced a Moocher Hall of Fame to “celebrate” some very odious examples of welfare dependency.Since that time, I keep thinking that it’s time to do something similar for government bureaucrats. This compilation from last December would be a good place to start, though I’d have to figure out whether to have group memberships so that we could include the bureaucrats at the Patent and Trademark Office who get paid to watch TV, as well as the paper pushers at the Department of Veterans Affairs who got big bonuses after creating secret waiting lists that led...
  • READY: I fought the odds, and the odds almost won [Bureaucracy run AMOK]

    07/24/2014 10:15:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    Destin Log ^ | Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 17:05 PM. | Mary Ready
    I may regret writing this column. Retaliation by a state agency is an ugly thing. My best hope is that the bureaucrats who have made my life a living hell for these past few months don’t read insignificant little articles written by nobody columnists for a bi-weekly newspaper. It wasn’t bad enough that the cable, phone, credit card, garbage, power, and water companies, along with the Florida Retirement System and bank, gave me major grief after Frank died. Apparently it doesn’t matter that no payment was ever late or not paid in full. Since Frank was the primary, they reasoned...
  • An intern's brush with bureaucracy

    07/15/2014 10:13:38 AM PDT · by MichCapCon
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/13/2014 | Zac Dawes
    Gathering up-to-date public pension data is no trivial task. While all municipalities are required to report basic accounting and financial information, many make it quite difficult to obtain. Cities and townships are required to file audits and most list a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) with this information. But just because the reports have to be filed doesn't mean they are easy to find. Even among Michigan's 100 largest municipalities, there are large discrepancies between how the reports are posted online. Taxpayers should take note because politicians across the spectrum and at all levels of government talk about working for...
  • Joe Geoghagan Is A 31 Year Old Veteran And He’s Begging The VA Not To Let Him Starve To Death

    07/04/2014 6:45:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | July 3, 2014 | John Hawkins
    Joe Geoghagan is a 31 year old veteran and he’s begging the VA not to let him starve to death. Let me repeat that. Joe Geoghagan is a 31 year old veteran and he’s BEGGING the VA not to let him starve to death. Joe first came to my attention because he wrote the Right Wing News Facebook page asking for help. Imagine that: a veteran who did three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan reduced to writing the owner of a Facebook page because he doesn’t know where else to turn to get basic medical attention. After doing some basic...
  • Who Owns You?

    06/11/2014 7:16:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 11, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Darcy Olsen, president of the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute, and Richard Garr, president of Neuralstem, a biotech company, wrote "Right to Try experimental drugs" in USA Today (5/28/2014). They pointed out that "this year, more than 5,000 Americans will lose their battle with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease." Up until recently, there was no medicine on the market that significantly improved the lives of ALS patients. But now there is one in clinical trials that holds considerable promise, but it has not been granted Food and Drug Administration approval. The average amount of time it takes to get a...
  • Obama’s emissions plans bad for business

    06/09/2014 3:30:22 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    Hartford Business ^ | 6/9/14 | Scott H Segal
    A lot of attention was generated by last week's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement of a proposed regulation to cut carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels — all by 2030. Aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the effort is being billed as flexible, far-reaching and even a money-saver for American citizens. The policy is a homerun for the Obama administration, improving everything from our skies to our pocketbooks, right? Not so fast. To truly understand the implications of the EPA's announcement, it's worth sifting through the hype and asking a few clarifying questions.
  • Why are there more scandals these days?

    06/05/2014 7:40:13 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 20 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | June 5, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    “I’m not young enough to know everything,” Oscar Wilde observed, as if reflecting on the Great Commencement Speaker Flap of 2014. However, Jimi Hendrix was young when he offered advice that today’s college students should heed — “knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” Unmindful that earned wisdom is derived from asking the right questions — not identifying the wrong answers — too many students graduate into a complex and conflict-riddled world without the insights that come from the clash of opposing viewpoints. Is it surprising then, that so many intractable problems plague our society, like military veterans dying from government-provided health...
  • The Rise and the Rise of the Administrative State (Great Read)

    05/07/2014 8:52:47 AM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies
    The post-New Deal administrative state is unconstitutional, and its validation by the legal system amounts to nothing less than a bloodless constitutional revolution.... [....] The constitutional separation of powers is a means to safeguard the liberty of the people. In Madison’s famous words, “the accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” The destruction of this principle of separation of powers is perhaps the crowning jewel of the modern administrative revolution. Administrative agencies routinely...
  • VA Resolves Backlog of Cases by Purging Records [SATIRE]

    05/03/2014 2:05:52 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 May 2014 | John Semmens
    In a bid to minimize bad publicity the Veterans’ Administration purged 1.5 million unfulfilled medical orders. “We got so far behind that we thought we’d get a fresh start by canceling all recommended treatments and therapies that were still pending after a year’s delay,” VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson admitted. “While we can’t say for sure whether any of these recommended treatments were or were not performed, if a person has already waited a year for treatment chances are pretty good that he’s recovered without treatment. So why should we have to have an unnecessary pending treatment order hanging over...
  • His Name is 'Emigration Check Required': Indian's Visa Goof-Up

    04/27/2014 11:42:46 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, April 26, 2014 | VM Sathish
    Sagar Chikane receives visa with 'Emigration Check Required' as part of his name after new Indian passport confuses typist‘Sagar Ramachandra Emigration Check Required Chikane’ – is a very long name for anyone to have. Even if the man in question hails from the South of India where a person’s name includes his father’s name and the family name, apart from his own moniker. However, for this welder from Tamil Nadu in India, who still has to travel to the UAE - before June 2014 - according to his visa, his emigration status has been ‘officially’ incorporated into his name. Not...
  • The War on Federal Bureaucrats Opens at Bundy Ranch

    04/16/2014 5:30:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | John Ransom
    I love that picture from the Bundy Ranch. You know the one that I’m talking about: I’m talking about all of them. I love the horn-handed Cowboys, with real, honest trail dirt on them; I love the American flags; I love the sagebrush; and I love the rebellion-- as in civil, non-violent disobedience. And the question now is, where does this go? Rebellion typically starts after a period of lassitude and hopelessness in the face of overwhelming power. Populations spend years, even decades muttering under their breath about abuses of power, but feel ineffectual to enact real reform. Then...
  • Slaughtered at the altar of government power

    There are 456 “official” federal agencies, and many of these have bureaucracies within them. According to The Center for Small Government, just the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has 47 separate bureaucracies! Let’s say the average, for the sake of time, is 40. That’s 18,240 bureaucracies, and 700,000 (give or take) federal employees. There are 535 federal legislators in Congress who are elected to oversee, fund, and pass laws to regulate this morass. If we divided it up equally, that’s 42 bureaucracies per Congressman/woman, and 182 bureaucracies per Senator. Congress has roughly 200 committees to discuss all of these, and...
  • Regulating America To Death

    03/13/2014 3:26:15 PM PDT · by LD Jackson
    Political Realities ^ | 03/13/14 | LD Jackson
    Via TCOT Report'Is the Prosecution of ‘Pocketknife Felon’ Jordan Wiser about Electing Harold Specht to a Judgeship?'Many have read with outrage the story of 18 year old Jordan Wiser; a young man whose car was searched without permission at his vocational school, resulting in his expulsion, arrest, felony indictment, imprisonment, and separation from his beloved, terminally ill grandfather. The prosecutor in this case, Harold E Specht, Jr. has been quoted saying the reason for Wiser’s arrest and felony prosecution centers on the discovery of a four-inch pocketknife, which was locked in the trunk, inside his EMT kit – a duffel...
  • Bullying's a problem. Could this proposed Minnesota law be a solution?

    02/09/2014 7:12:51 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-9-14 | Christopher Magan
    It's expected to be the most passionately debated piece of education policy for the legislative session that begins Feb. 25. Supporters say that Minnesota's current law, at 37 words, doesn't do enough to prevent bullying and that sweeping change is needed. "Nobody should be OK with the fact that all we have to protect students and make schools safe from bullying is 37 words," Kurzer-Zlotnick said. "To me, that's ridiculous." Opponents argue that the 20-page bill goes too far by taking away local control and imposing costly new layers of bureaucracy on schools. "I think it's a bad bill," said...
  • Illinois Health Officials Shut Down 11-Year-Old's Cupcake Business

    01/29/2014 11:55:18 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 29, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    Sixth-grader Chloe Stirling learned a tough lesson about government regulation of small businesses, no matter how delicious they are.The Belleville News-Democrat ran a story about an 11-year-old girl making about $200 a month selling cupcakes that apparently left a bad taste in the mouths of Illinois health officials. Middle-schooler Chloe Stirling of Troy, Ill., quickly learned a tough lesson about government regulation on small businesses after the story ran on Sunday. Madison County Health Department officials informed her family that the pastry party was over on Monday. “They called and said they were shutting us down,” said Chloe’s mother, Heather...
  • Germany’s Schäuble signals support for eurozone parliament

    01/28/2014 11:30:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:19pm GMT | John O’Donnell
    Germany’s finance minister said on Monday he was open to the creation of a separate European parliament for countries using the euro, a step that could deepen divisions within the European Union. Wolfgang Schäuble’s comments, made during a visit to Brussels, challenge the very foundations of the European Union, where lawmaking for all 28 nations is by the bloc’s current parliament. Splitting that body, critics believe, would represent a dismantling of one of Europe’s biggest symbols of unity. But Schäuble said a separate parliament for the 18 countries in the eurozone would allow the smaller group to integrate more closely....
  • FDA hopes hospitals will switch to newly regulated pharmacies

    12/04/2013 3:07:28 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 2 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | 12/3/13 | Maggie Fox
    The Food and Drug Administration hopes hospitals and clinics will vote with their pocketbooks, buying supplies from pharmacies regulated under new powers just given to the agency. Congress passed a law last month giving the FDA authority to regulate some so-called compounding pharmacies. The aim is to have some oversight over operations that are far bigger than the small pharmacies that make medicines to order.
  • Budget Battles and the Growth of the Administrative State

    12/02/2013 7:13:26 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 5 replies
    Imprimis ^ | October 2013 | John Marini
    John Marini is a visiting distinguished fellow at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C. A professor of political science at the University of Nevada-Reno, he earned his B.A. at San Jose State University and his Ph.D. in government atthe Claremont Graduate School. He serves on the board of directors of the Claremont Institute, which awarded him the Henry Salvatori Prize in the American Founding in 2011, and is the author or editor of several books, including 'The Imperial Congress: Crisis in the Separation of Powers' and 'The Politics of Budget Control:...
  • Love Your Government—And Its Forms: The Common Core Prepares Young People for Bureaucracy

    11/18/2013 8:53:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 18, 2013 | Terrence Moore
    The Founding Fathers understood government forms. What they meant by the term was the arrangement of power found in any civil society, whether monarchy, aristocracy, or democracy. This is what Thomas Jefferson meant when he wrote in the Declaration, “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it,” and “mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” The careful, prudent balancing of the forms of government in the U.S. Constitution—combining...
  • Over 93% of EPA Employees Considered 'Non-Essential'

    10/02/2013 6:43:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 37 replies
    reuters via Brietbart ^ | 10/1/13 | Tony Lee
    More than nine out of every ten employees at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are considered "non-essential" and have been furloughed in the federal government's shutdown. Reuters obtained an EPA guidance in which the agency said it would "classify 1,069 employees, out of 16,205, as essential,"...
  • No need to fear the dreaded government shutdown

    10/01/2013 8:07:52 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 7 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | October 1, 2013 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    When budget negotiations come down to the wire – sorry, I mean the “Continuing Resolution” negotiations, since we haven’t had an actual budget in forty years – the Democrats always use the same mantra: “Those Wascally Wepublicans are forcing a government shutdown!” As if we should all be shaking in our boots at the prospect of the federal government shutting down for an hour, let alone a few days, or even a week or two. But should we really worry, and should we really hold the more adult party – the only one, after all, actually trying to RESOLVE our...
  • FDA announces regulation for increasingly popular mobile phone medical apps

    09/25/2013 4:37:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    rt.com ^ | 9/24/13
    The US Food and Drug Administration will begin regulating a heightened category of mobile applications that run on smartphones that will function as traditional medical devices. The FDA said Monday it will focus on health apps that turn smartphones into medical devices, such as a heart monitor or blood pressure gauge, or serve as an accessory to an existing device. The agency said most wellness apps that are designed to help people stay healthy don’t pose much risk if they malfunction and thus won’t be federally regulated. Industry analysts say about 17,000 medical apps...
  • And Doggie Makes…

    09/07/2013 8:32:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    I recently began walking around my neighborhood carrying a bag and picking up animal waste. Which is to say, “we got a dog.” Or maybe she got us.It has been several years since we had a pet. And it’s not as easy to get, or keep, a dog as it used to be. Time was, you waited until a neighbor’s dog had puppies and you took one home. That’s how literary heroine Emily Elizabeth got Clifford the Big Red Dog, for example. Not anymore.Daisy is, of course, a “rescue dog.” Because every dog these days apparently has to be. And...
  • Wealth Destroyers: U.S. Customs Agents Seize and CRUSH $100K Land Rover ... 4x4 Lacked Airbags

    08/28/2013 6:59:50 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    The Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 28 August 2013 | Stuart Woledge
    4x4 fans look away now! Land Rovers imported to U.S. are CRUSHED by customs for failing safety rules because they don't have airbags • The exclusive vehicle was seized by customs officers in Baltimore • Its importer had attempted to fool the authorities by changing its plate • But they spotted the ruse and deemed it unfit for the US' roads • Often selling for upwards of $100,000, this one is now worth just $30 The wrecking claw hangs over the Land Rover Defender as its operator prepares to crush the exclusive vehicle on the orders of US customs. Moments...
  • Obama’s Ever-Increasing, Job-Killing Bureaucracy

    07/11/2013 2:21:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 11, 2013 | Frank Donatelli
    While listening to President Obama’s speech this past week on yet more climate change regulations, I recalled Yogi Berra”s classic remark, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” Who else but this president could conclude that even more EPA regulations will do anything but harm economic growth? Rather than work with Congress to find bipartisan compromise on the critical issues, the president prefers to shove another big-government, Washington centric program down our throats. Worse, the policies he is putting in place through new, onerous regulations will cause more harm than good to the average American. There is an increasingly ideological stubbornness...
  • EDA's overreaction to cyber attack highlights every agency's challenge

    07/09/2013 9:32:49 AM PDT · by magellan · 6 replies
    Ars Technica ^ | July 8, 2013 | Jason Miller
    The Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration spent almost half of its IT budget last year to remediate a cyber attack that barely happened. Commerce's inspector general found in a report released last week a string of errors and miscommunications led to EDA's overreaction of removing employee email and website access from the main agency network. EDA's drastic steps to limit the damage by shutting down much of the access to the main Herbert Hoover Building network ended up costing the agency more than $2.7 million to clean up and reconfigure its network and computers. The IG said the bureau destroyed...
  • 20 Reasons I Detest The Government (Who Doesn't?)

    06/22/2013 10:15:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 22, 2013 | John Hawkins
    1) Our own government chides those of us who pay taxes for being greedy because we don't want to give the politicians even more of our money to do things we don't want done at any price. 2) Increasingly, every bill that is proposed in D.C. seems to be crafted with the hope that at least 51% of the American people are ignorant or not paying attention to what the legislation actually does. 3) When there's a slip-up and members of Congress and their staff are *** gasp *** expected to follow the same laws as the rest of us...
  • Greenfield: The End of Control

    06/15/2013 8:57:43 PM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 35 replies
    Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog ^ | Saturday, June 15, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    Saturday, June 15, 2013 The End of Control Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog We utilize systems to achieve goals whether it's defending the country or fighting poverty or making the trains run in time or achieving political change. Modem systems are systematic creatures that aim to achieve goals by maximizing control over all the subsidiary elements of the problem. So if you set out to solve poverty, you need control over all the social and economic elements that either cause poverty or could be used to ameliorate poverty. Those elements include the sum amount of national...
  • Sturm: Tyranny of bureaucracy

    06/06/2013 7:13:17 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 14 replies
    The Aspen Times (CO) ^ | June 6, 2013 | Melanie Sturm
    In his 1980s comedy routine, Yakov Smirnoff celebrated America’s free society and equality before the law, joking, “In America, you can always find a party. In Russia, party always finds you! In America, you break law. In Soviet Russia, law breaks you!” In the wake of scandals involving the abuse of governmental power, Americans must Think Again about Smirnoff’s ironic wordplays. As we’re learning, the ruling party can find and break you — despite constitutional protections. Today, our federal government is the nation’s largest spender, debtor, lender, employer, contractor, property owner, insurer, health care provider and pension guarantor. What it...
  • How Frank Lautenberg Made a Fortune by Doing Work the Government Made Necessary

    06/04/2013 6:19:49 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    New York Sun ^ | June 3, 2013 | Ira Stoll
    Frank Lautenberg, the Democratic senator from New Jersey who died today at age 89, will be remembered by others for his career in government. To me the more fascinating story is his career in business. Because the company where Lautenberg spent the 30 years between 1952 and 1982 — longer than the time he spent in the Senate — is a classic example that manages to encapsulate both the genius and the risks of a certain kind of American business. It was the success of that company — now Automatic Data Processing, Inc., or ADP — that made Lautenberg the...
  • Obama to tap Charlotte mayor to run Transportation [Kakistocracy Lives On!]

    04/29/2013 6:26:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    Time ^ | 4/29/13 | JULIE PACE
    President Barack Obama is nominating Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx, a rising star in Democratic politics, to run the Transportation Department, a White House official said... Foxx will be the first black nominee among Obama’s picks for open spots in his second-term Cabinet. The president has faced questions, including from the Congressional Black Caucus, about a lack of diversity in his first round of nominations after winning re-election. If confirmed by the Senate, Foxx would take over a department that has been at the center of Washington’s debate over the impact of the so-called sequester cuts. The automatic cuts resulted...
  • The false hope & folly of gun control

    04/20/2013 8:03:51 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    triblive.com ^ | 20 April, 2013 | Courtland Milloy
    I was considering giving up my gun a while back. Hadn't been to the shooting range in months. Target shooting, not self-defense, was why I bought the thing. But it was serving no purpose locked in a case, unloaded and hidden away. Then President Barack Obama began coming up with the oddest ideas about keeping guns from “falling into the wrong hands.” Dangerous hands, irresponsible hands, he says. But proposed national gun-control legislation would rely on a bureaucratic dragnet of “background checks” so extensive that anybody's hands could end up being the wrong ones. Including mine. If Obama had his...
  • Homeless Shelter Ordered to Destroy Food

    03/04/2013 10:29:08 AM PST · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 2 March 2013 | John Semmens
    The Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission was ordered to destroy 1,600 pounds of venison by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. It’s not that there was anything wrong with the meat. It had been processed in accord with regulations put out by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. It’s just that the Mission hadn’t gone through the appropriate channels to get venison on the approved foods list. “Just because an organization is trying to feed the hungry doesn’t mean they can serve whatever food they want,” Secretary Bruce Greenstein explained. “That the food may be wholesome and nutritious is not...
  • A Glimpse at the Evolving State of Healthcare

    02/28/2013 10:42:27 AM PST · by dagogo redux · 7 replies
    American Psychiatric Association ^ | 1/1/13 ? | American Psychiatric Association
    "There have been major changes to the codes (effective January 1, 2013) in the Psychiatry section of the American Medical Association’s manual on Current Procedural Terminology (CPT). These are the codes that must be used for billing and documentation for all insurers. Note: These coding changes apply to all services as of January 1, 2013. For dates of service through December 31, 2012 use the 2012 codes. " http://www.psychiatry.org/cptcodingchanges
  • Bursting the University Bubble

    01/18/2013 7:30:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Suzanne Fields
    The last of the college applications have been rewritten, tweaked and polished, and at last entrusted to the tender mercies of the U.S. Mail or the Internet. Fretting over deadlines morphs into waiting, and yearning, wishing and praying for coveted letters of acceptance. This is the annual crisis in thousands of homes with ambitious high school seniors -- the high school seniors and their parents who still believe that college is the route to the American Dream. But wait. While they play the conventional game of aspiration, certain scholars and economists, and hundreds of thousands of "concerned citizens" have initiated...
  • What You Can Learn From A Public Records Request At The State Legislature

    12/20/2012 11:21:08 AM PST · by LSUfan · 2 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 20 Dec 12 | MacAoidh
    No, you won’t learn what you’re seeking to learn in the request itself. Don’t be ridiculous. That will take months. What you’ll learn is exactly how much effort the people with a legal duty to service the public’s constitutional right to disclosure of public records will put into failing in that duty while concocting an excuse for that failure. Yesterday, we went to court against Butch Speer, the clerk of the Louisiana House of Representatives, and Glenn Koepp, the secretary of the state Senate. Our business there was to secure a writ of mandamus against Speer and Koepp in order...
  • Bureaucrats Disdain Hard Work Because They Are “Unselfish”

    12/16/2012 11:08:26 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 15 Dec 2012 | John Semmens
    A report written by Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute and Jason Richwine of the Heritage Foundation revealed that public sector employees work less yet get paid more than their private sector counterparts. The study found that during a typical workweek, private-sector employees worked 41.4 hours, while federal workers put in 38.7 hours and state and local government employees 38.1 hours. Critics of government are apt to view the study as a confirmation of the relative inefficiency of government. “Any suggestion that this demonstrates there is government waste is totally off base,” insisted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev)....
  • New Evidence Confirms Federal Bureaucrats Don’t Work Very Hard, Paid Too Much

    12/14/2012 7:36:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    My Cato Institute colleague, Chris Edwards, put together a remarkable (and depressing) chart showing that federal bureaucrats get almost twice the level of compensation as workers in the productive sector of the economy. Defenders of the bureaucracy (including a federal pay panel dominated by bureaucrats) claim that government employees actually are underpaid because…well…just because.My modest contribution to the debate was to put together a chart based on the Labor Department’s JOLTS data, which shows that bureaucrats are far less likely to voluntarily leave their jobs than folks in the private sector, which is very strong evidence that they are being...
  • (Chicagoland) A Car Worth Only $600 Racked Up Over $100,000 In Parking Tickets

    11/26/2012 3:14:05 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 27 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Nov 26, 2012 | Jalopnik
    The Astounding Story Of How A Car Worth $600 Racked Up Over $100,000 In Parking Tickets It might just be a world record. At the very least one particular car has set a City of Chicago record for receiving the most parking violations ever and accumulating the most parking fines in the city's history. The city claims Jennifer Fitzgerald owes over $100,000 in parking tickets. And no, that's not a typo or a few misplaced zeros on the end. The amount is actually 105,761 dollars and 80 cents to be precise. This is the total mind boggling debt the City...
  • Secretary Rebuffs Welfare Critique

    10/30/2012 10:41:57 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 Oct 2012 | John Semmens
    Revelations that the federal government spends over $60,000 per year per poverty household were labeled “misleading” by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Just looking at this one number makes it appear like these poor families are receiving middle class incomes from the federal government,” Sebelius complained. “A more accurate figure would show that these families are receiving only about a third of that amount. The other $40,000 goes to cover the cost of administering the programs.” While an “overhead” administrative cost of double the amount of benefits to the poor might seem a bit steep, Sebelius justified it...
  • Auditor: EU agencies may pose threat to safety

    10/12/2012 10:37:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12.10.12 @ 09:22 (October 12) | Valentina Pop
    Conflicts of interest in four EU agencies authorizing food, medicines, chemicals and aviation security standards might be putting people's safety at risk, an audit has shown. "None of the four agencies under review manage conflicts of interest adequately," Igors Ludborzs, a member of the European Court of Auditors, told a press conference in Brussels on Thursday (11 October). He said the court had selected these four agencies because of repeated media reports and inquiries by the European Parliament about alleged conflicts of interest. The Cologne-based European Aviation Safety Agency scored the worst, while the other three fared a little better,...
  • Bailing Out Obamacare: Sarah Palin Was Right

    09/29/2012 5:55:40 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 4 replies
    Powerline ^ | September 29, 2012 | Steven Hayward
    I missed this piece from Steven Rattner (who was a key figure in the Obama auto bailout) when it appeared in the NY Times a couple weeks ago. Tacitly acknowledging that costs are going to soar out of sight, Rattner opens with this frank admission: “We need death panels.” Jonah Goldberg wonders: When can Sarah Palin expect her letter of apology?” Rattner goes on to back away from “death panels,” but instead uses the R-word: rationing. Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the...
  • Romney Speaks Truth to Power: Entitlement-Addicted America

    09/19/2012 3:38:43 PM PDT · by tselatysr · 1 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-09-19 07:39:35 | mrcurmudgeon
    By Mr. Curmudgeon:A reader once asked if I ever considered running for public office. "No," I told him, "because I would ignore my political opponent, questions from the press, and spend the bulk of my campaign attacking voters for transforming our Founder's well-conceived government into the world's largest criminal enterprise. An organization, led by community organizers, that exists for the express purpose of committing organized theft. People say they like it when someone "speaks truth to power," but in American politics, that corrupting power is the people.Americans that voted for politicians who built an intrusive authoritarian administrative bureaucracy, engineered a...
  • Soft Despotism, Hungry Children, and $600 Fines

    08/16/2012 8:34:24 PM PDT · by Sark · 5 replies
    Every problem seems to require a government solution in modern America. This is a clear departure from our nation's early history, as described by French historian and political theorist Alexis de Tocqueville. In his famous work, Democracy in America, Tocqueville marvels at the American tendency to embrace voluntary associations in order to solve our problems. "Americans of all ages, all conditions, all minds constantly unite. ...Americans use associations to give fêtes, to found seminaries, to build inns, to raise churches, to distribute books, to send missionaries to the antipodes; in this manner they create hospitals, prisons, schools. ...Everywhere that, at...
  • IRS Pays Billions in Refunds on Bogus Claims

    08/10/2012 11:19:29 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 10 Aug 2012 | John Semmens
    The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) estimates that the IRS may have paid more than $5 billion on bogus claims in 2011. The root of the problem is Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs). These numbers are used by illegal immigrants in lieu of a Social Security number. The fraud is hardly sophisticated. For example, the IRS issued 2,706 refunds totaling $7.3 million to the same address in 2011. One might think that multiple claims for refunds from the same location would raise a “red flag.” However, IRS supervisors told employees attempting to respond to this red flag to...